Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969.
Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and
bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school.
Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout
their recording career of twelve studio albums.
Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar",
"Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major
international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock
and classic rock radio stations.
After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band
have emerged over the years based initially around guitarists
Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009.
Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.
Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer
of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman
to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music.
Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed
guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott
as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar.
As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members
not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from
both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles.
Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues,
soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music,
but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal.
AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's
creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent
writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class
dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison,
Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition."
Abrahams left Jethro Tull, due to a falling-out with
Tull vocalist Ian Anderson, after their debut album,
This Was, was released, and formed Blodwyn Pig with
Jack Lancaster (saxophone and flute),
Andy Pyle (bass guitar), and Ron Berg (drums).
Future Yes and Flash guitarist Peter Banks became one
of several guitarists to succeed Abrahams after he left
to form his own band for a time.
With Abrahams and Lancaster in the lead, Blodwyn Pig
recorded two albums, Ahead Rings Out in 1969 and
Getting To This in 1970.
Both reached the Top Ten of the UK Albums Chart and
charted in the United States; Ahead Rings Out displayed
a jazzier turn on the heavy blues–rock that formed the
band's core rooted in the British 1960s rhythm and blues
scene from which sprang groups like The Yardbirds,
Free and eventually Led Zeppelin.
Saxophonist–singer Lancaster (who often played
two horns at once, like his idol Rahsaan Roland Kirk)
was at least as prominent in the mix as Abrahams;
some critics thought this contrast bumped the band
toward a freer, more experimental sound on
the second album.
The single "Summer Day" from Ahead Rings Out failed
to chart, but the quartet became something of a favourite
on the underground concert circuit.
Largely due to Abrahams's disillusionment with
the business side of music, Blodwyn Pig eventually
became an on-again, off-again concern; Lancaster at one
point became a record producer, and Pyle eventually
joined Savoy Brown.
Over the years since their original formation, Blodwyn Pig
reformed several times, usually with Abrahams and
Lancaster leading the group, and recorded two more
albums in the 1990s.
released May 20, 1974
THIN LIZZY are:
bass, lead vocals
BLODWYN PIG are:
Mick Abrahams (member of Jethro Tull)